Outlook.com adds 'Pirate Speak' mode for International Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19 is officially International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and your Outlook.com inbox is ready to celebrate in force. A "pirate speak" mode can be toggled on throughout the day to add little bit of extra pirate flavor to your Outlook.com experience.

The toggle is available as an appropriately pirate-y skull-and-crossbones icon in the upper right portion of your inbox. Toggling it on changes all kinds of text throughout Outlook on the web. For example, the Favorites heading will now be marked as "Loot," while Folders is "Treasure Troves." Likewise, Search is labeled instead as "Hunt for."

There are all kinds of little pirate translations sprinkled throughout with the toggle switched on, which can honestly be a bit confusing if you aren't a daily Outlook.com user. Fortunately, pirate speak can be toggle off with another click of the crossbones.

Outlook Pirate

Pointless? Sure, but it's also a bit of fun. If you're having trouble getting into the pirate mood today, Outlook has your back, matey.

Thanks, Neil, for the tip!

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • LoL. Fun. 
  • Is that in the US only?
  • Nope. Here in Canada, too.  
  • Apparently only for the Outlook app as I do not see the option when using the browser.
  • Which is a pity.
  • I see it on my browser. Thats the only reason I found this website.
  • Might be 'rolling out in waves'.
  • Harrrrrr!!!  
  • I think you have to be using the beta web site. The pirate mark does not show up for me in the Windows 10 app or on any browser on the non-beta site.
  • Prefer they did our eyes a favour and implemented a dark mode at some stage this century.